Trip to space on XCOR’s Lynx spacecraft to be auctioned at September fundraising gala

When attendees gather at the WestJet campus in Calgary, AB for the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert, Sept. 27, 2014, presented by TELUS, one destination auction item will have them on the edge of their seats – and the edge of space – when they have the chance to bid on a 62 Km high space flight aboard the XCOR® Lynx® spacecraft.

XCOR® Lynx® is a rocket-powered spacecraft built by XCOR® Aerospace® that takes off and lands much like a jet. The XCOR® Lynx® space flight package includes a space suit fitting, medical screening and pre-flight training at XCOR headquarters in Mojave, California, followed by a space flight experience onboard the XCOR® Lynx® next to XCOR Chief Test Pilot and NASA Space Shuttle Commander Rick Searfoss.

Each XCOR Lynx flight includes all the phases of flight, from a boost to supersonic speeds in sixty seconds, to weightlessness. Instead of being seated in back as a passenger, winning bidders will view Earth from space sitting right next to Commander Searfoss making it a true “Right Stuff” experience.

Although guests attending the gala will have the opportunity to meet Searfoss and see the XCOR® Lynx® close up, those who are unable to attend the evening event will be able to register their bids for the trip remotely via phone. 

“When we approached XCOR, it was immediately clear that both we at the Foundation and XCOR executives were inspired by the chance to combine the majesty of space travel with our gala’s mission, to raise $30M to support families through the Foundation,” says Mike Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “We want to give our guests an out of this world experience, and now they can bid on just that while helping our families faced with a medical crisis.”

Since 1986, the David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants, and provided millions of dollars in direct family support. In 2012, there were 3,404 patients waiting for organ transplants and only 1,168 patients who received transplants. During that time, 161 patients died while waiting for an organ. The Foundation’s financial commitment to families ranges from an average of $10,000 per year up to $100,000.

“What excites us is that we have the opportunity to support David and the Foundation, which have helped so many families across Canada,” says XCOR Retail Sales Director Greg Claxton. “Some say being able to fly to space is a miracle. It’s only fitting that XCOR® be part of this Miracle Gala.”

As always, Foster’s talented friends, including Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jackie Evancho, and Sinbad, will join Foster at the gala. Foster will have surprises throughout the evening, pulling from his long list of celebrity friends, creating a stellar night, which includes the opportunity to purchase this stellar experience.

To learn more about the David Foster Foundation, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, and Aird & Berlis LLP families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant. The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.

About XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace is based in Mojave, California. It is creating a Research and Development Center in Midland, Texas, and will establish an operational and manufacturing site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. XCOR builds safer, reliable and reusable rocket-powered spacecraft, propulsion systems, advanced non-flammable composites and rocket piston pumps. Lynx is a piloted, two-seat, fully reusable rocket-powered spacecraft. The Lynx family of vehicles serves three primary missions depending on their specific type including: research and scientific missions, private spaceflight and micro satellite launch (only on the Lynx Mark III). Lynx production models (designated Lynx Mark II) are designed to be robust, multi-mission (research/scientific or private spaceflight) commercial vehicles capable of flying to 100+ km in altitude, up to four times per day. Lynx vehicles are available to customers in the free world on a wet lease basis to start their own manned space flight program. Learn more at www.xcor.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca

Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or deirdre@tartangroup.ca

Bryan Campen, XCOR Aerospace: 630-877-0225 (cell) or bryan@xcor.com